Have you read Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove books? This best-selling series tells the story of the residents of Cedar Cove, Washington, one house at a time. At the core of each book is Olivia Lockhart, the town's judge.
Whether you are familiar with Macomber's work or not, you won't want to miss the new Hallmark TV series based on the books. Cedar Cove stars the beautiful Andi MacDowell as Judge Olivia Lockhart and Dylan Neal as newspaper editor Jack Griffith. It will air on Saturday evenings on the Hallmark Channel at 8 EST/7 CST beginning July 20.
I was so excited to be able to see a screener of the two-hour series premier. I liked it so much, I plan to watch the show again on Saturday. I don't want to give away any of the plot, but I can tell you that the setting and filming of Cedar Cove are beautiful. I want to move to that town!
Olivia is a great character, and MacDowell seems so natural in the role, you'd think she was meant to play the judge. Jack is a complex character, and Neal seems to have a handle on how to convey his character's many sides. The town is full of quirky characters, including Olivia's mother. The judge's ex-husband and daughter are also part of the picture, so you can imagine that there will be lots of family excitement as well as courtroom drama.
Oh and if you're wondering about the guys in your family, don't worry. The series has plenty to hold their interest, including all the screen time given to MacDowell. Here's the trailer to whet your appetite:
To learn more about Cedar Cove, like Cedar Cove on Facebook; watch the trailer, clips, and more on YouTube; and follow @CedarCoveTV on Twitter using the hashtag #CedarCoveTV.
The Giveaway: To help celebrate the launch of Cedar Cove, the Hallmark Channel is offering one of my readers with a U.S. mailing address the following fabulous prize pack. One lucky person will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card to start the Cedar Cove book series, a recyclable shopping tote; Debbie Macomber's 16 Lighthouse Road book, and a micro-fleece winter beanie (total prize pack valued at $45).
To enter for a chance to win, simply fill out the form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on July 26. As soon as the winner is confirmed, I'll erase all personal information from my computer. Good luck!